Yes, you read that correctly. 100 posts.

Holy shit, y’all.

If you would have told me back when I started this thing that I’d be celebrating this (okay, fine, modest) milestone (but still a milestone!), I would have given you my famous eyeroll and side eye. (You know that look.)

Not that I’ve been at it that long. I guess that’s what posting nearly every day does for you.

In that time, however, I’ve had some thoughts on the whole thing. So I apologize for monopolizing this post by airing them.

1. Blogging is hard. I mean, I knew it was. I’ve started and abandoned it so many times. But it’s even harder than I thought. Especially when you’re working full time. Everyone assumes it’s just a bunch of words and pictures on a page, but it’s extremely time-consuming. And potentially expensive. You know, buying things to review. And so forth. Amielle and I are constantly cheering each other on from across continents. Because motivation is necessary.

2. And thankless. So you’ve really got to want to do it. I started this blog for a variety of reasons. One of which was to have a portfolio of writing outside my main industry. (More cryptic half-snippets of personal information.) And, mission accomplished. But, I’ve since formed other goals. None of which have really been accomplished yet. And I sometimes wonder if they will. For every successful blogger, there are thousands of little blogs like mine. I may never get there. And yet.

3. But can be rewarding in surprising ways. I may not have very many readers, but I really value the relationships I’ve developed. Even if they’re just in the form of comments. I like my “blogging friends.” I look forward to you comments. And I look forward to reading your blogs. Trying to blog requires you to comment on as many blogs as you have time for, but there are the ones that I make sure I check and keep up on. (P.S. You’ll find them in te blogroll in my sidebar, which I updated recently.)

4. And is about you, not me. Though perhaps belied by this post, if you’re not finding something interesting to appeal to you, you’re not staying. I’ve seen some of the v/bloggers I used to love turn into ego monsters, where every single thing they post is now photos of themselves doing whatever it is they’re doing. Not what they’re doing. (Then again, they’re the ones with thousands of followers egging them on, so they must be doing something right.) I promise you, my blog and social media feeds (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest…if you’re inclined to follow me 😉 ) will never become showcases of photos of me. Good god, that would be awful. (I do necessarily have to post some photos of myself to show you how things look on an actual person. It’s harder for me than it is for you, trust me.)

And some changes are coming. I’ve joined Google AdSense, just being up front about it. And I’m gonna get all official and add a disclosure policy. (Rebecca, yours is amazing. I may have to rip it off. Oh, sorry, I mean “sample.”) In case I ever do get any PR samples. (Has not happened yet. Even my “semi-sponsored” posts were not actually beneficial.) I also updated my commenting system (a week or so ago) so you will actually see replies to your comments (—let me know if you like this format, because there’s another I can try.)

In general, if you have any feedback—comments, advice, suggestions—I am all ears.

So, in conclusion, thank you for reading this personal, non-topical post, if you’ve made it to the end. I look forward to hopefully entertaining, educating, and enlightening you for 100s of posts to come. (Well, at least another 100. I shouldn’t get too far ahead of myself.)

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8 comments on “On 100 posts…and blogging in general”

  1. Congrats on 100! Just FYI, technically you're supposed to have a Privacy Policy if you're using Adsense because the ads use cookies/beacons on your readers' computers – you can actually get banned for not having one. The disclosure policy is for other types of "payment", like affiliate links, free samples, sponsored posts etc. Make sure it's somewhere people can read it (like linked at the bottom of the page or your sidebar). I have a brief privacy policy on the same page as my disclosure at the bottom – I'm certainly no legal expert but feel free to look at it for "inspiration", haha.

    • Oh, wow, see, things I'm still learning. Quickly added the Privacy Policy. I really love the way you do the buttons at the top of appropriate posts. Do you mind if I borrow the idea?

      • Lots of people do the buttons so I say go for it! You may want to also write an expanded disclosure at the bottom of the post too though… the FTC guidelines are kind of vague, but I figure the clearer it is the better. Usually I have a button at the top and a little blurb at the bottom that says something like "This post contains affiliate links, for more information you can read my disclosure policy here (link)."

  2. Congrats on reaching 100, girl! I'm so proud of you and it's been awesome watching your blog over the last couple of months really start to shape itself. I know it hasn't been easy for you, but I'm so proud of you for sticking with it and keeping up with all the posts you told yourself you'd write. I can't wait to see where you go from here!

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